Toothbrush Contamination In Communal Bathrooms

If you are living away from home at college or in a situation that requires using a communal bathroom, then this article is for you!  Have you thought about toothbrush contamination in that bathroom that you shartoothbrush contaminatione with others? A recent study confirms that there is transmission of fecal mater in communal bathrooms and that toothbrushes may serve as a tool for that transmission of potentially pathogenic organisms.

It may sound disgusting, but it isn’t too much concern if your toothbrush is contaminated with your own fecal matter, but rather the fecal matter of someone else.  This is because it introduces bacteria, viruses and parasites that are not part of your normal flora.

So what can be done to avoid this situation? Better hygiene practices are recommend for students who share bathrooms both in the storage of their toothbrush and also in their personal hygiene. Use a cover for your toothbrush and keep it away from toilets.  Also, be sure to ALWAYS wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom.  Be sure to replace your toothbrush regularly.

Toothbrush contamination in communal bathrooms – Medical News Today.